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Brandywine River Museum of Art gets grant for more free programs

08/25/2016 10:27AM ● By J. Chambless

A young visitor sits on the sculpture of Helen the pig to sketch.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art has received a grant from the PNC Foundation through its PNC Arts Alive initiative to fund free family programs on selected Sunday mornings in 2017.  

This grant was awarded to 17 arts organizations in the Philadelphia and southern New Jersey region .

The “First Sundays for Families” programs feature creative art activities designed to engage visitors of all ages. On these days, museum admission is free all day.

PNC Arts Alive has funded this program since 2014, and more than 3,500 people have attended. The next PNC Arts Alive First Sunday for Families will take place on Oct. 2.

“Our First Sundays for Families bring in hundreds of community residents, who engage with the art in our galleries and create their own art to take home,” said Mary Cronin, dean of education at the museum. “We are honored that we will once again receive funding through the PNC Arts Alive initiative to continue to help make art accessible for our neighbors.”

“Through PNC Arts Alive, we continue to help invigorate local arts organizations while bringing new and exciting programs to our community,” said Joe Meterchick, PNC regional president for Philadelphia, Delaware and southern New Jersey. “The creativity and collaboration demonstrated by the local arts community is evident in the programs that will be introduced, while enabling new visitors and residents alike to experience a diverse range of exhibits and performances.”

PNC Arts Alive is a multi-million dollar initiative of the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from the PNC Services Group, Inc.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum offers free admission to all on the first Sunday of the month, from February to November. For more information, call 610-388-2700 or visit